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posted in April 2005

Bad Apple Stinks

4/29/2005
For many years now, I've been a fan of Apple Computer. That is, I'm a fan of the Apple Computer that produced the iMac, OS X, and Darwin--not the idiot twin who staggers around Cupertino, leering at old ladies and spilling cheap beer all over its ratty Think Different" T-shirt.

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Life During Wartime

4/21/2005
The mean streets of Linuxland can be a tough beat to cover these days. There are two sides to every story--and they're ready to beat one another to a pulp at the drop of a hat. Gangs of thugs roam the back alleys, kicking in doors, rifling through hard drives in the dead of night, making humiliated Windows users do the Monkey Boy dance in front of the neighbors

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Hungry Minds

4/14/2005
I was glad to see the prospect of closer cooperation between Chinese and Indian technology firms get so much coverage this week. These two nations are the future of the world's IT industry, both as markets and as competitors. It's a future in which open-source software will set the rules: Whatever other surprises these giant economies have in store, you can bet one of them won't be a deal to put Longhorn and Microso

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The $40 Million Question

4/8/2005
I heard last night from Steve Puluka, the guy who authored the SCO cash flow analysis I mentioned earlier this week. "The real shame," he said, "is [SCO] built up a huge cash reserve in 2003 that is being blown on these lawsuits. What might have happened if that 40 million was invested in the Unix and Linux business instead?"

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SCO: Dead By December?

4/6/2005
According to a spokesman, SCO is gearing up for a big product release: the next version of the company's OpenServer Unix platform. This raises an interesting question: Who, exactly, buys a proprietary Unix system--something that typically requires years of guaranteed support and service--from a company that may not survive another Christmas?

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Monkey Business

4/1/2005
Web users fall into two categories: those who take what they're given and those who get what they want. If you identify more with the latter group, I'd like to acquaint you with a Firefox extension you're going to love. While I'm at it, I'll explain why some of the controversy surrounding this tool is motivated more by ignorance than by legitimate concern.

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